It’s always interesting when the Maple Leafs come to town as Coach Babcock and Coach Peters are close friends. The Leafs and Hurricanes also have some of the best rookies on their teams this year; Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner and William Nylander (Leafs), and Sebastian Aho (Canes).
The Leafs will probably make the playoffs this year with the Canes having to wait until next year. Both teams wanted to demonstrate their talents on the ice, which led to a solid and spirited hockey game. Even though the Canes led Toronto twice in the game, it went into overtime. In the early minutes of OT, the Canes had a few chances to put the puck behind Curtis McElhinney, but they failed to get fresh legs on the ice. Canes’ Victor Rask lost the puck to Matthews, giving possession to Morgan Reilly, who scored the game winning goal.
Photos from the game were provided by the CanSouth sports correspondent and event photographer.